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Tieck’s “Der blonde Eckbert”: A Psychological Reading consciousness split into two personalities” (p. ) and their story as a more or less involuntary. Volume XXXIV MARCH, Number 2. “DER BLONDE ECKBERT” AS A POETIC CONFESSION1. RAYMOND IMMERWAHR. The reduction of Tieck’s status in. Blond Eckbert is an opera by Scottish composer Judith Weir. The composer wrote the English-language libretto herself, basing it on the cryptic supernatural short story Der blonde Eckbert by the German Romantic writer Ludwig Tieck.

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So too is Eckbert’s punishment rather inexplicable: There are hours in which a man feels grieved that he should have a secret from his friend, which, till then, he may have kept with niggard anxiety; some irresistible desire lays hold of our heart to open itself wholly, to disclose its inmost recesses to our friend, that so he may become our friend still more.

Few came to visit Eckbert; and when guests did happen to be with him, their presence made but little alteration in his customary way of life.

I was overjoyed at the prospect of seeing my parents again after so many years; I located the little house, with its instantly recognizable front doorstep; even the door-handle was exactly the same as it had been before; I felt as though I had last let go of it only yesterday; my heart was throbbing violently; I flung open the door only to behold a roomful of unfamiliar faces staring at me in mute incomprehension.

Everything had melted together into a single incomparably soothing mixture of red and gold; from top to root the trees stood bathed in the roseate glow of the evening twilight, in its cloudless purity the sky resembled a newly unlocked paradise, and from time to time the exuberant silence was broken by the wistfully joyous rippling of the springs and rustling of the trees.

My young soul was now vouchsafed its first intimation of the wider world and the things that went on in it. When he had been traveling at a furious trot for a few days, he suddenly realized that he was lost in a labyrinth of rocks with no discernible way out.

Further performances of the pocket version by various German and Austrian groups have taken place inand But by and by my delight in living got the upper hand of this resolution; I pulled myself together and amid much stifled sighing set off again and continued walking for the rest of the day; eventually, I almost lost consciousness; I was weary and exhausted; I scarcely cared to continue living, and yet I dreaded death. I drew back quickly, and left the village weeping aloud. Weir replaces the voice of Tieck’s narrator with that of the bird.


Der blonde Eckbert

Catherine Malone rated it liked it May 03, She rose, and proceeded to her chamber; Walther, with a kiss of her hand, wished her good-night, saying: What joy to abide. Wright sees a deliberate strategy in the understatement of much of the music: Tieck], Berlin Nicolai Posted by Douglas Robertson at 6: My father thought it was mere stubbornness or laziness on my part that made me while away my days so idly; he laid into me with the most indescribable threats, and when these proved ineffective, he began to beat me unmercifully, saying as he did so that he would repeat this punishment every day until I stopped being such an utterly useless creature.

Perhaps, too, it would then be possible that I might meet that fairest of all knights, who forever dwelt in my memory. Significantly, though, this is not the case. Is the old woman a symbol of judgment or revenge, meting out punishment to the wicked? Erin rated it really liked it Jun 05, If Bertha has failed her Probezeit in the forest, so too has the old woman failed: Eckbert was never happy longer than a few transitory moments: He recognises Weir’s ear for orchestration and graceful writing but feels she could have done more with it.

Eckbert was then merry and cheerful only when he was alone; others observed in him a certain reticence, a silent and reserved kind of melancholy.

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Much had changed; several new houses had sprung up, while others that had only just been built when I left were now badly dilapidated; I even noticed a few fire-gutted ruins; everything was much smaller, much more crowded together, than I had expected.

Eckbert felt relieved and calmed, yet a certain horror drove him home to his castle. He took his bow, to dissipate these thoughts; edkbert went to hunt.

One minute the placidity of solitude def me as unsurpassably beautiful; the next I was again smitten by my imaginings of an entirely ser world and all its manifold wonders. I found their little cottage, the well-known threshold; the blode was standing as of old; it seemed to me as if I had shut it only yesternight. The two of them were now frequently together; the stranger did Eckbert every conceivable kindness; only very seldom now did either man ever go out on horseback unaccompanied by the other; they conversed between themselves at all the assemblies; in short, they seemed inseparable.


The more I looked at him, the more he pained and frightened me; at last I opened the cage, put in my hand, and grasped his neck; I squeezed my ringers hard together, he looked at me, I slackened them; but he was dead.

The prelude describes Eckbert’s killing of Walther. Thus amid tears and sobs Blonre went along; when I stopped to rest, and put the cage on the ground, the bird struck up his song, and brought but too keenly to my mind the fair habitation I had left. While I was eating she sang a sacred song with a harsh and shrill intonation. I also took one pot of jewels, and concealed it by me; the rest I left.

Tieck may have eckbsrt borrowing a lot here, but he rendered a great, magical tale that includes a stunning twist and is, ultimately, about revenge.

The bourgeois society is condemned, but, as in Germany in the aftermath of the French Revolution, no redemptive paradigm can be found. Now a stooped, crookbacked old woman with a walking stick came stalking up the hill. I knew not whether to go on or stop.

I had no income, but thanks to her love I came into my present affluence; we moved into this house, and not for a moment since has either of us regretted eckkbert bound in marriage to the other.

Der Blonde Eckbert

Alone in wood so gay ‘Tis good to stay, Morrow like today, Forever and aye: I joy to abide. Suddenly he saw something moving in the distance; it was Walther, who was gathering moss from the trees; without realizing what he was doing, he took aim at him; Walther turned round and silently shook his fist at him, but by then the arrow was already flying through the air, and Walther fell to the ground.

Thanks to her walking stick she moved fairly fleetly, and with each step she took her face contorted into a grimace that was so odd-looking that at first I could not help laughing at it.